ddie Nketiah has “notes on his phone” to learn from Harry Kane as he aims to prove he is at the “pinnacle” with England ahead of Euro 2024.
The 24-year-old is increasingly establishing himself at Arsenal, which led to Gareth Southgate including him in the Three Lions squad for September’s international matches.
Nketiah has started three of the Gunners’ first four games this season and scored two goals, putting him in contention for a place at the top alongside Harry Kane and Callum Wilson.
Ahead of his potential debut against Ukraine, Nketiah showed his emotions at his first call-up.
He said: “I don’t think I said much. I just looked at my phone and checked every detail to make sure it said “selected.” It was very nice.
“I was at home and luckily all my family and one of my friends were at my house too. When I got the text it was surreal.
“I’m normally a quiet guy, but I lost my temper a little for about ten seconds, which was amazing. My family was also very emotional.
“It’s been a long road and I’ve worked really hard to get to this point, so it was really nice to take this step. This is the pinnacle for an England player to be called up to the senior team. Once you’re here, your goal is to stay here.”
When asked about his first impressions of Kane, he admitted he wants to learn from the England captain and joked he was glad he left Tottenham to curb the rivalry.
Nketiah said: “I think it makes the conversation a bit easier [now that he has left Spurs].
“Maybe I have some notes on my phone [to ask him]! He is a world-class striker. Today was my first session, so I’m sure I’ll be with him throughout the week – getting tips and learning. I think this is another great opportunity to learn and improve and see what other top strikers do and how they prepare for games.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/eddie-nketiah-harry-kane-england-arsenal-fc-tottenham-b1105050.html Eddie Nketiah is keen to learn from Harry Kane as the Arsenal striker admits his relief at leaving Tottenham